Install OpenOffice instead of damn LibreOffice

Last years Linux Mint maintainers have been forcing users to use a relatively new LibreOffice package instead of the well known and mature OpenOffice package. At the beginning it didn’t hurt. Things changed for me when I tried to create a multi-page document with page numbering. It turned out such a basic functionality as automatic page numbering is flawed in LibreOffice. LibreOffice aparently was restarting numbering at 2nd page in my case. I’ve waisted so much time thinking it was my fault or that there is an option to change this behaviour. THIS BUG IS A SCANDAL! Below is a shortened instruction (after of how to replace LibreOffice with Apache OpenOffice:

  1. Run command: sudo apt-get purge libreoffice*
  2. Download tar.gz with DEB package for OpenOffice from
  3. Extract it (tar -xvf filename.tar.gz) to some directory
  4. Go to the directory – there will be a subdirectory named after language/locale of downloaded OpenOffice variant (in my case the subdirectory was named pl, for English variant it’s usually named en-US)
  5. In the subdirectory execute following commands:
    1. sudo dpkg -i DEBS/*.deb
    2. sudo dpkg -i DEBS/desktop-integration/*.deb
  6. Now you can remove downloaded tar.gz file and the directory with its extracted content.

It’s done! I verified it under Linux Mint 17.

About krzysztoftomaszewski

I've got M.Sc. in software engineering. I graduated in 2005 at Institute of Computer Science, Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology. I'm working on computer software design and engineering continuously since 2004.
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